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7 Best Things To Do In Newquay When It Rains

Newquay is one of the most visited beach towns in the UK come summer. But what about things to do in Newquay when it rains?

With incredible stretches of sand and rolling waves, Newquay is known as being a surfers paradise. Home to the famous Fistral Beach, surfers flock here from all over the world to compete in regular surfing competitions.

Along with various water activities, there are also plenty of scenic clifftop walks with some awesome coastal views. As well as the normal English seaside past-times such as penny arcades, mini golf and afternoon tea!

Here’s our go-to guide of things to do in Newquay when it rains.

1. Learn To Surf

Newquay is the UK’s most popular surfing destination.

With Fistral Beach being the iconic spot, and also one of Cornwall’s pride and joys.

It’s known as one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in Newquay, the UK and Europe.

Therefore all of the big UK surf competitions take place at Fistral Beach including the Famous Night Surf, Boardmasters Surf Championships, National Surf Championships and many more.

If you get chance, head down early to ANY of the Newquay beaches and grab yourself a lesson! Price of lessons begin at around £30 for 2 hours.

If you are a complete beginner Introduction to Surfing Lesson is a great place to start.

As a lot of surfers say ‘the skin don’t leak’, so without the need of constant sunshine, jumping on a board is definitely one of the top things to do in Newquay when it rains!

Fistral Beach Newquay Surfing

2. Head Down To Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze Beach Newquay is not only an awesome wedding venue and picturesque bay, but the cosiest spot in the evenings.

With its undercover restaurant and bar, it’s truly a great place to be all year round. Whether its tucked up in front of the log fire, or sprawled out on the beach in the sunshine.

We spent one evening watching the lightning crash against the ocean, and enjoying a pizza, from the warmth of Lusty Glaze Restaurant.

A perfect spot to hang out when looking for things to do in Newquay when it rains.

Lusty Glaze Restaurant Newquay

3. Eat Cornish Pasties

Need warming up?

A Cornish pasty is a baked pastry, traditionally associated with Cornwall and Devon.

Beef skirt is the cut usually used for a real ‘Cornish’ pasty. However, nowadays this popular snack has developed into literally ANYTHING you can fit inside a pastry. And you’ll find all sorts of varieties around town!

Few meals have roots as deep as the Cornish pasty though. This hand-held meat-and-vegetable pie was developed as a lunch for workers in the ancient English tin mining region of Cornwall.

The workers would eat it with their dirty coal-covered hands and then throw away the crimped edge. Please don’t do that though, you will be wasting valuable, heavenly pastry!

A MUST on your things to do in Newquay when it rains list! Enjoy!

Morris Pasties Newquay Cornish Pasty Things To Do In Newquay

4. Enjoy A Cream Tea

Another typical tradition when on the South West coast!

A cream tea is a form of afternoon tea/light meal, consisting of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam.

Traditionally a speciality of Devon and Cornwall, cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms in those two counties, as well as in other parts of England.

We stopped by the famous Headland Hotel and Spa for an afternoon cream tea, which is probably one of the fanciest in the area, however it couldn’t be faulted!

Cream Tea Headland Hotel Newquay Things To Do In Newquay

5. Shop The High Street

Shopping in Newquay is a must when visiting Cornwall.

This hipster hub of the UK is a dream for surfers, and you can find everything you’ve ever dreamed of whilst walking the high street.

Although you may have to jump from door to door, if you’re looking to avoid the rain hiding in the shops is always an option!

With all your worldwide brands such as Billabong and Rip Curl stocked in most stores, there’s also plenty of local brands popping up all over town.

A couple of our favourite being Watershed and Married To The Sea. Make sure to support local and maybe grab a souvenir to take away from Newquay with you!

Married To The Sea Newquay Hughstreet Shopping In Newquay Shops

6. Play The Arcades

The most British of all the fun things to do in Newquay when it rains, is to visit the amusements.

The old, retro style penny machines are a guaranteed afternoon of fun. With many different games and prizes available, there’s something for everyone.

Save up your 2p’s and grab a keyring to take home. It’s a real seaside tradition!

Amusements Newquay Things To Do In Newquay

7. Wet Dog Pizza Challenge

A quirky little pizzeria tucked away on the way to Fistral Beach!

Not only do they love people, dogs, pizza, booze, beaches & more dogs! But they serve up delicious pizzas and arrange a 20 inch pizza challenge for anyone that dares!

If you can finish the 20 inch pizza of your choice in 20 minutes, you not only get the pizza for free, but you get a unique Wet Dog T-shirt to take home and wear with pride!

Our friend Olly tried and missed out on beating the challenge by seconds! Any reason to head back to Newquay we guess.

Wet Dog Pizza Newquay Things To Do In Newquay

Where To Stay In Newquay


The Headland Hotel and Spa

Overlooking Fistral Beach, this stylish Victorian hotel features a spa, surf school, golf course and a sea-view terrace.

The spacious 4-star bedrooms have free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. All rooms feature a cosy seating area, work desk and a modern bathroom.

The leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools. While the spa includes a steam room, sauna, and hot tub.

Guests can also work out in the fully equipped gym. There are two restaurants on site, where guests can choose between a candlelit restaurant or a beach view terrace.

Afternoon teas are available, and the hotel is a 10-minute walk from Newquay centre.


Carnmarth Hotel

The Carnmarth Hotel boasts sea views overlooking Fistral Beach.

The hotel is within a 10-minute walk from Newquay town centre.

Some bedrooms offer views of the sea, and each room has an en-suite shower and a flat-screen TV.

The C-view bar and terrace serves coffees and cocktails, where guests are able to watch sunset over the Atlantic sea.

Newquay coach station is just 0.6 miles from Carnmarth Hotel, while Newquay railway station is 1 miles away.


Legacy Hotel Victoria

Boasting a majestic location on the cliffs of Newquay looking out over the bay, this hotel has both English and Mexican restaurants and an indoor pool with sea views.

The shops of Newquay’s centre are less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

All rooms feature satellite TV, and guests can enjoy free tea and coffee in the room. There’s a private bathroom, and many rooms boast lovely sea views.

There’s a sauna, heated pool and a spa bath for guests to relax in. Guests can also exercise in the small gym.

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